What will I learn?

Western Michigan University's program options leading to a Master of Arts in Counselor Education are designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in college counseling; clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couple and family counseling; school counseling; and rehabilitation counseling and teaching in a variety of educational and counseling settings. Offered by WMU's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, the program options are

The school counseling program is CACREP accredited and is designed to prepare individuals to function as school counselors at the K-12 level in public and private schools in accordance with the Endorsement Rules and Teacher Certification Code of the State of Michigan and Public Act 288 School Counselors.

K-12 school counseling (grades K-12)
Enables certified teachers to be endorsed as K-12 school counselors.
School Counselor License (grades K-12)
Enables individuals without teacher certification to be licensed as school counselors.

The School Counseling 59 or 48 credit hour program trains student to consult with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, and other professionals to discuss children’s progress, resolve behavioral, academic, and other problems, and to determine priorities for students and their needs. Because students will work with diverse clients, students learn strategies for identifying and eliminating barriers, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination. The program includes a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in a school setting. The School Counseling program leads to an endorsement as a counselor on a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate (48 credit hours) or prepares students who do not hold a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate for school counselor license recommendation in Michigan (59 credit hours).

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (48 hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Application deadline

15 January 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 9 May 2022

Venue

Western Michigan University

1903 W Michigan Avenue,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Full Time (48 hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Application deadline

15 January 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 9 May 2022

Venue

WMU-Traverse City

Western Michigan University,

TRAVERSE CITY,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours in economics or in equivalents approved by the graduate advisor. At least one course in calculus. Students who do not meet this requirement will be admitted with conditions and must complete MATH 1220 (Calculus I) with a C or higher.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.5

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

January 15 for ensuing Summer and Fall Semesters; May 15 for just Fall Semester; and September 15 for Spring Semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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